OSV Collides with Oil Rig, Sending 125 Workers Into Ocean

A service vessel collided with an oil platform in Malaysia this morning, killing two workers aboard the vessel. A coordinated air and sea rescue operation was launched to save the more than 180 workers aboard the vessel many of whom ended up in the ocean.

The incident began around 6:45 am local time in the Baram oil field approximately 14 nautical miles off the city of Miri on the northwest coast of the island of Borneo.

Weather conditions were poor with the seas running at approximately 11 to 13 feet when the anchor on the OSV Dayang Topaz, operated by DESB Marine Services, reportedly either separated or slipped causing the OSV to collide with the Baram B oil rig platform according to the Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency.

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